Video can be monitored or reviewed at the station, as well as on any department computer. And if officers are out on patrol, they can pull up cameras and video feeds from their phones. Often when officers are in the station doing paperwork, they also monitor the cameras to see what's happening on the highway. After the initial system was in place, officers realized they could see license plates clearly, then moved forward with a license plate recognition (LPR) video analytic module.
"With the Milestone license plate recognition solution, we have a searchable database of video, so if an incident occurs, we can catch enough data to help police locate or narrow down suspects," said Creek. "Even partial plate information greatly improves accuracy and speeds up the process when every minute is critical."
With the added video capabilities, Manteno authorities can alert agencies north or south of town to be on the lookout for specific vehicles with good description details. Not only is the system used as an investigative tool, but it also has become a proactive means to monitor activity and to identify with certainty which direction a vehicle takes when leaving town.